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dc.contributor.advisor Ó Súilleabháin, Mícheál Joyce, Sandra 2012-02-09T16:26:53Z 2012-02-09T16:26:53Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The life and music of the Irish harper / composer Turlough Carolan (1670-1738) have been imagined and re-imagined in many different cultural contexts from the eighteenth century. These imaginings frequently occur through engagement with sources of Carolan’s music, as the primary means by which this music has survived. However, there is often a rejection of any fundamental role for these literate sources within the general context of orally transmitted traditional music practice, and, consequently, an imagined oral source is frequently seen as more significant than the published one. Here, an alternative focus on the relationship between text and reader is proposed, suggesting that this represents the real life of this music. The vibrancy and changing performance contexts of Carolan’s music as it was transformed in different musical and cultural settings in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is highlighted, reflecting social issues, commodification, audiences, politics and class. By examining writing about Carolan and wider conceptualisations of Irish music from this period, themes such as antiquarianism, middle-class cultural nationalism, preservation and representation of the past are also explored in this first mediated form. Carolan is often regarded as a transitional figure between the worlds of classical and traditional music, between patrons of different classes and religions, between the orality of the old Irish harping tradition and the literate sources which preserve this tradition. This thesis explores how the myth of Carolan is created and recreated through published media in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and how these processes have influenced more recent imaginings of the man and his music. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject Turlough Carolan en_US
dc.subject Irish harper en_US
dc.subject eighteenth century en_US
dc.subject music en_US
dc.title Transforming Carolan en_US
dc.type Doctoral thesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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